QuikScat

Quick Scatterometer

QuikSCAT

 

Overview

The Quick Scatterometer (QuikSCAT) mission provides valuable data for climate research by recording sea surface wind speed and direction data for global climate research. Winds over the oceans affect air-sea changes in heat, moisture, gases, and particulates that are important for weather predictions.

Designed to fly for two years following its 1999 launch, QuikSCAT has far surpassed its mission design life. Its data have become critical in detecting hurricanes, improving forecasts and weather warnings for sailors, and identifying changes in the polar ice cap.

Our Role

The QuikSCAT mission employs a variation of the Ball Configurable Platform (BCP) 2000 bus. The BCP 2000 provides NASA with the stable and highly accurate Earth remote sensing platform it sought to replace the data lost by the failure of Japan’s Advanced Earth Observing Satellite (EOS) in June 1997.

The BCP 2000 carries the SeaWinds scatterometer sensor, built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which takes the climate and weather measurements.

In addition to building the spacecraft bus, Ball Aerospace was responsible for the integration and test of the total space segment consisting of the BCP 2000 bus and the scatterometer payload. We facilitated the spacecraft-to-launch vehicle integration and provided launch support and continue to oversee mission control and operations with the University of Colorado Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.

NASA awarded its first rapid spacecraft acquisition (RSA) contract to Ball Aerospace for the QuikSCAT. RSA provides NASA a low-risk, quick and affordable method for the purchase of satellite systems, allowing for shorter turnaround time from mission conception to launch.

 

Programs

CALIPSO

CloudSat

EPOXI/Deep Impact

GEMS

GEO-TASO

GDPAA

GMI

Guardian

Green Propellant Infusion Mission

HiRISE

Hubble Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope

JPSS

F-35/Lightning II

K2/Kepler

Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Mast-Mounted Sight

Mk 20 Camera

MOIRE

OMPS

QuickBird

QuikSCAT

SAM

SBSS

SBUV/2

Seasparrow

Sentinel

Spitzer

STORRM

STP-SIV

Suomi NPP

TEMPO

WISE

WorldView spacecraft series

WorldView-1

WorldView-2

WorldView-3